For more than 75 years, Goodwill has played a vital role in the fabric of our communities. Mention “Goodwill” and we think of the convenience of clearing out our closets and the satisfaction of picking up great bargains from our local thrift store. Few people realize that Goodwill’s role in the community goes far beyond this.
A registered charity since 1935, Goodwill’s core mission has always been to create work opportunities and skills development for people facing barriers to employment – among them, persons with disabilities, youth at risk, the chronically unemployed, Aboriginal people and newcomers to Canada. At Goodwill, we know how hard it can be to find paid work. And we understand that the working world can be unkind to those who face barriers to employment, whether it is for language, race, age or social reasons.
Goodwill’s goal is to assist more people in our communities to work by giving that critical “hand up” not a “hand out.” By providing employment to those too often excluded from economic and social activity, Goodwill exposes you to the “power of work.”